There is an exhilarating euphoria you feel when you enter the city of New Orleans that makes you quiver with the intoxication of being in the presence of life enjoying itself. This is what locals call the Spirit of New Orleans, and her power of seduction is overwhelming. It can be found in her flavorsome food, her melodious sounds, her exquisite beauty, and in her charm, but, most of all, it lives in the hearts of those lucky enough to call New Orleans home. Like all of her native sons and daughters, we at New Orleans…A La Carde love to talk about our favorite subject, the Crescent City, and we can hardly wait to share our joie de vivre with you.


Tours & Cruises

tb-gd-self-guidedTours BaYou Garden District Self-Guided Audio Tour

Enjoy the self-guided tours of one of America’s most historic and architecturally stunning neighborhoods, painstakingly researched and illustrated with fascinating true stories by a passionate 7th generation New Orleanian. Use our customized maps as you are guided through Garden District areas. The tour can either be walked or driven, bikes would be great!

This tour is available as an mp3 and a CD. Visit Store
(504) 957-8108
info@toursbayou.com

plantationTours BaYou Plantation Self-Guided Audio Tour

The plantation homes of Southern Louisiana are widely considered to be the finest remaining group in the South. The Plantations of the River Road Self-Guided Audio Tour introduces you to 14 of them, along both sides of the Mississippi River within a short drive of New Orleans. Just before the Civil War, the River Road was home to more than seventy percent of the millionaires in the United States. Of the 1,200 plantations then, fewer than two percent remain today. The tour winds through a series of parishes (counties to those outside Louisiana) between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Many still bear some resemblance to the original communities settled by Creole, German, and Acadian immigrants. It sheds light on the background of the region - including the history of slavery - and introduces you first-hand to the distinctive food, architecture, industry and culture of these memorable locations. This authentic tour is meticulously researched and presented by a seventh-generation New Orleanian.

This tour is available as an mp3 and a CD. Visit Store
(504) 957-8108
info@toursbayou.com

Royal Carriages

Experience the many sights and sounds that make New Orleans a true melting pot of American heritage….Take a tour with the country’s oldest carriage company and immerse yourself in the incredible gumbo of New Orleans history, legend, and wonder. Carriages operate daily from 9:00 a.m. until midnight, departing from Jackson Square at Decatur Street, in front of the St. Louis Cathedral.

(504) 943-8820, or (504) 382-2008
www.neworleanscarriages.com

Ghost & Vampire Tours

Since its beginnings, New Orleans has been indefinably mystical. The legacy of death and dying, inhospitable surroundings, merciless disease, above ground burial, as well as the horrors of slavery, savage piracy, and outrageous corruption make this legendary haunt like no other. Experience an eerie evening walk of suspense into the dark edges of the haunted historic French Quarter. Drink in the tragic history of the city as it's woven through legendary stories of the gruesome and horrific deeds of the slave owners, the decadent Creoles, and the city's most infamous and bloodthirsty .

This tour combines the ancient art of storytelling with historic research and documentation. Unlike a theatrical fantasy tour relying on costumes and camp, we draw heavily on the drama of history.

Ghost and Vampire Tours begin at 8:15 p.m. every night at Toulouse Royale Gifts, 601 Royal Street, in the French Quarter. Call for more info and reservations

(504) 314-0806
www.neworleanstours.net

The Steamboat Natchez

The New Orleans Steamboat Company operates riverboat cruises on the Mighty Mississippi River on the only authentic steamboat in New Orleans! It will take you back to when life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi. Choose from any of the cruises, and you'll experience New Orleans as it can best be seen... from the river. Enjoy a two-hour Harbor cruise by day from the heart of the French Quarter aboard the Steamboat NATCHEZ ... including Calliope concert! Or perhaps the Dinner/Jazz cruise would be more to your liking with a New Orleans style dinner buffet and music by the Dukes of Dixieland!

(504) 569-1414 for reservations or to confirm sailings
www.steamboatnatchez.com

tb-st-charles-ave-self-guided-tourTours BaYou St. Charles Ave. Self-Guided Audio Tour

Discover the beautiful sights along one of the South's most elegant avenues! St. Charles Avenue Tour can be enjoyed from your car, limousine or the streetcar.

This tour is available as an mp3 and a CD. Visit Store
(504) 957-8108
info@toursbayou.com

Tours BaYou Katrina Devastation Self-Guided Audio Tour

Designed for visitors to New Orleans who want to witness the effects of the nation's most damaging natural and man-made disaster as well as the rebuilding efforts. It is the first formal Katrina-based tour that is self-guided. It covers about 50 miles in three to four hours; listeners can also choose one- and two-hour options, returning to complete the tour at a more convenient time.

In addition to tour directions, it contains narrative information explaining levees and why they failed, New Orleans history, stories behind the differing neighborhoods, the science underlying coastal erosion and restoration, and tales of heroism and help. Among the narrators - all of whom are civic leaders - are New Orleans musician Charmaine Neville, Women of the Storm founder Anne Milling, and King Milling, chairman of the Governor's Advisory Commission on Coastal Restoration. A portion of the proceeds from each CD sale will go to benefit organizations that are working to rebuild New Orleans.

This tour is available as an mp3 and a CD. Visit Store
(504) 957-8108
info@toursbayou.com

Cajun Pride Swamp Tours

Cajun Pride Swamp Tours, "Simply the best", six different tours to choose from, including gentle trips through the bayou. Door to door pickups available.

(985) 651-4477 or (504) 467-0758
www.cajunprideswamptours.com

Gray Line Tours

Gray Line Tours offers a relaxing way to see the local sights, guided tours include cemeteries, the French Quarter, the Garden District, and plantation houses to name a few. Please call or view the card for available tours.

(504) 569-1401
www.graylineneworleans.com

Cemetery & Voodoo Tours

New Orleans' past and present cultures are most intriguingly merged in her cemeteries, where you'll relive the stories of her people - their history, tragedy, and irony - amidst extraordinary architecture, unusual burial methods still in use, and decayed ruins thinly concealing human remains. This cemetery, St. Louis #1, is the city's oldest and a "must see" for every visitor's New Orleans adventure.

In addition to a detailed tour of St. Louis #1, we delve into the misunderstood practice of voodoo, exploring its West African origins and Catholic influences. Hear fascinating tales of New Orleans' most interesting figures, including voodoo queen Marie Laveau. We'll visit sites where mystical voodoo rituals still take place and give you a rare opportunity to visit an authentic voodoo temple where modern day practitioners worship.

Cemetery and Voodoo Tours begin at 10:30am and 1:15pm Daily, 10:30am Sunday only at the Royal Blend Coffee and Tea House,

621 Royal Street, in the French Quarter.
Call for more info and reservations (504) 314-0806
www.neworleanstours.net

Recreation: Parks, Golf, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, and Canoeing

City Park

Located in the Historic New Orleans Trace, 10 minutes from Downtown in the fifth largest urban park in the nation! City Park is home to the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, and a 7-acre Botanical Garden filled with flowers, plants, and magnificent statues and foundations. Carousel Gardens home of the antique carousel, roller coaster, miniature train and many more rides and attractions. The childrens’ favorite, Storyland, has larger-than-life storybook exhibits suitable for climbing and playing. Other attractions include: Boat rentals, Fishing, Golf, (two 18-hole courses, one 9-hole course, and a driving range), Tennis, Horseback Riding and the Christmas-time “Celebration in the Oaks” decorations and entertainment.

(504) 482-4888
www.neworleanscitypark.com

NOLA Motorsports Park

NOLA Motorsports Park is a full-featured events facility located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Our facility, designed by Alan Wilson, is capable of hosting events for both large and small groups. Just minutes outside of the historic New Orleans French Quarter, we are convenient to the entire metro area.

We offer programs for the general public in the form of high performance driving schools, track days, kart rentals, driver education courses, spectator events, ride-alongs with professional drivers and much more. Our facilities have many meeting rooms for groups as small as ten to groups of thousands.

Race Track

A 2.75 mile world-class track that consists of 16 turns with a 5,200 foot straightaway. Designed with challenge and safety in mind, the track offers both the club level and professional driver an amazing experience. NOLA Motorsports Park offers everyone the ability to use our track for recreational or competitive use. Race fan, driver or racer, we have a place for you. Come enjoy the thrill of speed!

Karting Facility

Our 40 acre karting facility includes 30 acres of track area with 7 acres lighted.  Three circuits provide 80+ configurations.

Experience the thrill of racing just inches off the ground at the largest karting track in the US. We offer karting options for everyone from our daily rentals and rental leagues to race series for those that own a racing kart or purchase one from our in-house kart shop.

11075 Nicolle Boulevard | Avondale, LA 70094
(504) 273-6744
www.nolamotor.com

Joe’s Landing Marina

Fishing charters for Reds and Speckled Trout, marina facilities, lodging, and other information.

4811 Privateer Boulevard | Barataria, LA
(504) 689-4304
www.joeslanding.com/

Bourgeois Charters (Fishing)

Our charters provide fishing on the bayous of South Louisiana, just thirty minutes south of New Orleans. We only use licensed and insured captains making the excursions safe, fun, and personalized to meet your needs.

(504) 341-5614 for reservations
www.neworleansfishing.com

Sweetwater Guide Service & Marina

Sweetwater is located in Delacroix at the intersection of Bayou Gentilly and Bayou Terre Au Boeff with easy access to the Breton Sound fishing grounds. This means access to both inside and outside fishing.  There are 3 different species of fish that are mainly targeted in the area: Redfish, Bass, and Speckled Trout. We specialize in all three, so no worries about finding your favorite fish.

Full day all inclusive charters are available. We specialize in inshore fishing for Speckled Trout and Redfish. We provide equipment, bait, licenses if needed and fish cleaning and packaging All you have to bring is your lunch and drinks for the boat and don’t forget sunscreen and an ice chest to bring your packaged fish home. Lunch can be provided for an additional cost.

 Cabins offering accommodations are available for up to 16 guests.  Galley kitchen with outdoor cooking equipment available; meals prepared upon request. Cable and Wi-Fi in each unit.

 We currently have 12 boat sheds that are 12 x 30 with electricity and running water. For as long as you rent a boat shed, you have unlimited launches with no wait. We offer our clients full service boat launch including ice, drinks, lunch and gas. All you have to do is call and we’ll come jump in your boat!

6250 Delacroix Highway | St. Bernard, LA 70085
 (504) 453-8382
www.delacroixfishing.com

Venice Marina

Sportsman's Paradise, Tuna Town USA and Redfish Capital of the World.

Any of these descriptions of Venice, Louisiana hold true, and barely touch the surface of the majestic beauty of this estuary. Venice offers visitors some of the most fertile fishing and hunting areas the country or the world has to offer. Venice is non-stop action whether you’re looking for big game fishing in the beautiful offshore waters, or the action of the Mississippi River Delta, you won’t be disappointed. Venice, Louisiana truly is a "Sportsman's Paradise."

237 Sports Marina Road | Venice, LA
(504) 534-9357
www.venicemarina.com

Audubon Park and Golf Course

Located in the uptown area, Audubon Park provides the setting for majestic live oaks, walking and jogging trails, a golf course, and the Audubon Zoo. Take the streetcar from downtown for a great way to reach the park!

6500 Magazine St.
(504) 581-4689 or (800) 774-7394
www.audubonnatureinstitute.org

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Your first decision is choosing which site(s) you want to visit. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve has six sites in south Louisiana. In the New Orleans area, Jean Lafitte sites are the French Quarter Visitor Center in New Orleans, the Barataria Preserve in Marrero, and Chalmette Battlefield/Chalmette National Cemetery in Chalmette. The park's three Acadian cultural centers are the Acadian Cultural Center (Lafayette), the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center (Eunice), and the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center (Thibodaux).

419 Decatur Street
(504) 589-3882
www.nps.gov

Lakewood Golf Club

Lakewood Golf Club, the golf course that once hosted 26 New Orleans Opens, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011. A recent multi-million dollar renovation makes Lakewood Golf Club one of the most exciting courses to play with challenging fairways, tees and greens. Nestled among beautiful Louisiana cypress and oaks, Lakewood Golf Club is one of the South's premier golf destinations.

Lakewood Golf Club is owned by the New Orleans Firefighters Pension Fund, which plans to develop the surrounding property into an upscale golf resort including golf villas, a 4-star luxury hotel, condominiums and more in the next few years.

4801 General Degaulle Drive | New Orleans, LA 70131

Golf Shop
(504) 373-5926 ext. 1
www.lakewoodgolf.com

The Players Championship

Open for the public to enjoy, TPC Louisiana brings championship golf to New Orleans. Master architect Pete Dye designed the course, working in conjunction with PGA TOUR players Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson – a New Orleans native.

TPC Louisiana was named “the #4 best upscale public golf course” by Golf Digest magazine when it debuted in 2004. TPC Louisiana is consistently included in GolfWeek’s “Best Courses You Can Play.” (Golf Digest Top 100 Public Golf Course)

The breathtaking scenery at TPC Louisiana’s golf course, stretches over 250 acres of wetlands along the Mississippi River delta, this championship golf course meets the highest course conditions is a grand representation of the natural local habitat. The golf course is part of the Audubon Golf Trail and a proud member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program – providing a landscape that many have compared to a private nature reserve.

The golf course layout incorporates stately stands of cypress and oak trees – with Dye adding plenty of water hazards and bunkers to make for a highly interesting game. The golf course features over 100 bunkers as well as five ponds, which come into play. There are five sets of tees at TPC Louisiana ranging from 5,121 yards from the front/women’s tees to 7,400 yards from the tips, which will test the PGA TOUR’s finest golf professionals.

TPC Louisiana boasts a series of short but compelling par-4 holes to balance the longer ones and delivers a great blend of challenge and playability. The signature hole on the golf course is the par-5, 18th hole. Water is in play for the entire right side of the hole, making for a challenging finish for golfers of all skill levels.

11001 Lapalco Boulevard
(504) 436-8721
www.tpclouisiana.com


Fun Things To Do

The Streetcar

"Getting there is half the fun!" Passes are available at many hotels and visitors centers in the city. If you are not familiar with the transit system, you can get rider assistance by calling the Regional Transit Authority's RideLine at (504) 248-3900. VisiTour Pass 1-day $3.00 3-day $12.00

www.norta.com

Riverfront Streetcar - Enjoy all the fun and excitement along the Mississippi River. The 1.5-mile ride is your quick connection from the Convention Center to the Farmer's Market via the French Quarter.

St. Charles Streetcar - Experience the splendor of oak-draped mansions or unique shops in Riverbend via the world's oldest operating street railway. Roll by magnolias in full bloom in front of antebellum homes. More than 155 years old, the St. Charles line follows 6.5 miles of the city's most beautiful sights and landmarks.

The North Rampart/St. Claude Avenue Streetcar - Enjoy the latest addition to New Orleans' family of streetcars, with this new line that runs between Union Passenger Terminal and Elysian Fields Avenue.

(504) 248-3900

The New Orleans School Of Cooking

Learn the basics of Louisiana Cooking in a way you'll never forget. Fun is a primary ingredient in our kitchen! Our Creole/Cajun experts teach New Orleans specialties such as Gumbo, Jambalaya and Pralines, and season them with history, trivia, and tall tales. It's a "ga-ron-teed" good time for all.

For more info call us at (504) 525-2665 (local) or 1-800-237-4841.
www.nosoc.com

Shopping

Lakeside Shopping Center

Lakeside Shopping Center is Louisiana’s No. #1 international tax-free shopping destination. Shop at over 120 at over 120 participating stores with convenient on-site refund center. Conveniently located 10 minutes from downtown New Orleans and 10 minutes from the Louis Armstrong international airport.

Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm Sunday: Noon -6 pm.

3301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 835-8000
www.LakesideShopping.com

The Shops at Canal Place

An inspiring mall to shop for women's, men’s, and children’s clothing, accessories, home décor, and even a movie theater. Visit Sak’s, Brooks Brothers and Tiffany’s, to name a few.

333 Canal Street
(504).522-9200
www. shopsatcanalplace.com

Magazine Street

This six-mile-long stretch from the Garden District to Uptown known as the longest mall in America features some of the best antique stores, art galleries, gift shops, and boutiques to be found anywhere in the city.

For a casual stroll, shopping, antiquing or dining, there is no place in America like Magazine Street.

Dirty Coast

Dirty Coast: what the locals wear.

Dirty Coast is a locally owned, designed, and printed t-shirt brand, inspired by our humid home.

New Orleans really is a magical place. We often get lost in her obvious appeal, letting ourselves be overwhelmed with the most primal of urges she seems to bring out of all of us.

3 neighborhood shops:

  • 713 Royal St. (504) 324-6730
  • 2121 Chartres St. (504) 324-6459
  • 5631 Magazine Street (504) 324-3745